Sunshine on Leith (album)

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Sunshine on Leith
Studio album by The Proclaimers
Released August 1988
Recorded January–February 1988, Chipping Norton Studios
Genre Pop rock, folk rock
Length 44:16
46:31 (2001 re-release)
Label Chrysalis
Producer Pete Wingfield
The Proclaimers chronology
This Is the Story
(1987)
Sunshine on Leith
(1988)
Hit the Highway
(1994)
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Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link

Sunshine on Leith is The Proclaimers' second and best known album, released in August 1988. The album title is about their birthplace Leith. The album had three singles, including "I'm On My Way" and "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)", the latter of which becoming a hit in the USA five years later following its inclusion on the soundtrack to Benny & Joon in 1993.

The title track Sunshine on Leith is played by Hibernian F.C. at the beginning of matches.[1]

A remastered edition of the album was released in 2001.

Track listing[edit]

  • All Songs Written By Craig & Charlie Reid, except where noted.
  1. "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" – 3:33
  2. "Cap in Hand" – 3:24
  3. "Then I Met You" – 3:50
  4. "My Old Friend the Blues" – 3:06 (Steve Earle)
  5. "Sean" – 3:23
  6. "Sunshine on Leith" – 5:16
  7. "Come on Nature" – 3:34
  8. "I'm on My Way" – 3:45
  9. "What Do You Do?" – 3:38
  10. "It's Saturday Night" – 3:24
  11. "Teardrops" – 2:32
  12. "Oh Jean" – 5:55
  13. "King Of The Road" – 2:45 (Roger Miller) (bonus track on 2001 re-release)

Personnel[edit]

The Proclaimers[edit]

  • Craig Reid: Vocals
  • Charlie Reid: Vocals, Acoustic Guitars

Additional Personnel[edit]

  • Jerry Donahue: Acoustic and Electric Guitars
  • Gerry Hogan: Steel Guitar
  • Steve Shaw: Fiddle
  • Stuart Nisbet: Pennywhistle and Mandolin
  • Dave Whetstone: Melodeon
  • Pete Wingfield: Keyboards
  • Phil Cranham: Bass
  • Dave Mattacks, Paul Robinson: Drums, Percussion

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart positions
US US Modern Rock UK
1988 "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" 21 11
1988 "Sunshine on Leith" 41
1989 "I'm on My Way" 43
1993 "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" 3 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Singing twins bring sunshine to Leith". The Scotsman (Johnston Publishing). 4 May 2002. Retrieved 13 October 2013. "The Best Of album, due for release in the UK on May 13, features 20 songs drawn from the duo’s 15-year career, including Sunshine On Leith, their famous anthem which is regularly played at Easter Road, home of their beloved Hibernian Football Club."